During the AASCU’s Academic Affairs summer meeting in Portland, Ore., USA Funds announced the award of a three-year, $328,000 grant to AASCU for “Re-Imagining the First Year of College” initiative. The grant will support the testing of programs, strategies and tools that increase retention rates and academic success rates among first-year students. Read more  

Hosted by AASCU’s Grants Resource Center, this conference provides the opportunity for members to build institutional competitiveness for grant and contract support. For more information visit aascu.org/GRC



California State University, East Bay
Hayward's 'Promise Neighborhood' helps disadvantaged kids get from pre-school through college led by California State University, East Bay and funded by a $25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Read more

California State University, Monterey Bay
California State University, Monterey Bay has partnered with the Monterey County Office of Migrant Education to host a month-long camp for fourth- through eighth-graders from migrant farmworker families. The award-winning program brings 200 students to campus for classes in English, with a heavy dose of arts and technology instruction. Read more

Georgia College
Georgia College welcomes its inaugural class of Call Me MISTER students for the fall 2015. The Call Me MISTER (Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models) program at Georgia College is the first of its kind in the state. Student participants are selected from among under-represented populations with a targeted focus on African-American males, which account for less than 2 percent of the nation’s elementary school teachers. Read more



Grants and Gifts

California State University, East Bay
Grants from the U.S. Department of Education totaling nearly $3.5 million over the next five years have been awarded to two Student Support Services (SSS) programs at California State University, East Bay. The EXCEL program and Project IMPACT offer in-depth, long-term academic assistance to first-generation, low-income and disabled students. Read more

California State University, Fullerton

  • A $2.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education has been awarded to California State University, Fullerton to develop and oversee a comprehensive high school equivalency program to assist migrant farm workers. Read more
  • California State University, Fullerton "Better Together: California Teachers Summit" is a free day of learning for educators supported by $1.25 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Read more

California State University, Monterey Bay
CSU Monterey Bay has been awarded $2.29 million from the U.S. Dept. of Education for five-year grants under the TRIO Student Support Services program. Read more

Colorado State University-Pueblo
Students looking to educate the next generation as teachers will get additional incentives to do so thanks to a recent $100,000 donation to the Colorado State University-Pueblo Foundation by Robert “Bob” and Kris Strader. Read more

Eastern Oregon University
Eastern Oregon University is offering a new scholarship funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation’s S-STEM program. It’s called Advancing Science and Technology in Eastern Oregon, or ASTEO. Read more

Governors State University (Ill.)
Governors State University received a $12,100 grant to host The Big Read in Chicago’s southland communities. A program of the NEA, The Big Read broadens understanding of the world, local communities, and readers through the joy of sharing a good book. Read more

Pittsburg State University (Kan.)
Pittsburg State University has received a $330,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce that could lay the groundwork for the development of a science and research park at PSU that will be a “key commercialization point in regional business development.” Read more

Sacramento State
Sacramento State’s Services to Students with Disabilities program has been awarded a five-year, $1.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education, with $267,367 allotted for 2015-16. Read more

Savannah State University (Ga.)
Savannah State University has received a continuation grant for its Student Support Services (SSS) program from the US Department of Education. The amount granted for the 2015-2016 year is $292,340. Read more

Tarleton State University (Texas)
In a first for Tarleton State University, the Texas Workforce Commission awarded a $170,787 grant to the Department of Nursing to help prepare registered nurses as preceptors, or mentors, for training student nurses. Read more

University of Houston-Downtown
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) awarded the University of Houston-Downtown a five-year, $850,000 grant to train undergraduate minority students to enter the nuclear-related workforce or pursue graduate study in areas such as nuclear medicine, health physics and other related fields. Read more



Awards and Honors

Colorado State University-Pueblo
Colorado State University-Pueblo staff were honored as part of the 86th annual 2015 National Convention for League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC). Jennifer DeLuna, CSU-Pueblo director of diversity and inclusion, was inducted into LULAC’s Women’s Hall of Fame, which recognizes individuals who espouse LULAC'S philosophy of creating positive change through personal integrity and ethical leadership and who has sustained a clear vision for the future of the Hispanic community that reflects LULAC’s vision. Victoria Obregon, regional coordinator of the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP), was recognized as the 2015 “Mujer Con La Falda Bien Puesta” award winner, which recognizes an outstanding Hispanic woman who has distinguished herself through her professional accomplishments and/or community involvement. Read more

Winthrop University (S.C.)
Winthrop University Assistant Professor of English Dustin M. Hoffman’s short-story collection "One Hundred Knuckled-Fist" has won the 2015 Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction. Chosen by guest judges from more than 1,200 submissions worldwide, the collection tells the story of characters at work. Read more




Arkansas State University

  • A group of 16 Honors College students from Arkansas State University have returned from Europe where they engaged in an intensive study of the history and lasting impact of World War II through visits to sites in England, France and Germany. Read more
  • The second of two groups of Mexican students and teachers studying English at Arkansas State University will conclude their studies by the end of the second summer term. Hosted by the Office of Global Initiatives, they are participants in Mexico's initiative, "Proyecta 100,000," the goal of which is to have 100,000 learners from the country studying in the United States by 2018 as part of a larger effort to build relations between the two countries. Read more

Black Hills State University (S.D.)
A group of BHSU faculty, students and alums traveled to Germany recently to gain invaluable business experience from top world manufacturers and faculty at BHSU partner school, Aalen University. The group visited companies including Audi, Triumph International and Carl Zeiss Vision Production. Read more

California State University, Northridge
Kinesiology professor Ben Yaspelkis and biology professor Randy Cohen have been examining how exercise affects two different areas when it comes to the health of mammals as a whole — including humans. Yaspelkis’ rat study, which has been ongoing for more than 15 years, focuses on the impact of exercise on insulin resistance, also known as diabetes development and determent. Read more

Frostburg State University (Md.)
The Game of Logging, an industry-recognized chainsaw training program, teaches students in FSU’s Forestry Field Practice class to clear dead, diseased and misshapen trees in forests through proper chainsaw techniques—a crucial skill for those seeking to maintain state and national forests. Read more

Winthrop University (S.C.)

  • The Winthrop University community came together June 26 at its most sacred spot on campus – the Little Chapel – to show unity with Charleston after the church shooting where nine people were killed. The gathering was part of “Blue and White Friday,” a grassroots effort created on Facebook to bring people together and share South Carolina pride. Read more
  • Winthrop University Library Dean Mark Herring is part of a group formed to provide guidelines for an open-access initiative with Reveal Digital. The business partners with libraries to bring rare-and untapped-content into the digital world. Its platform and framework allows libraries to collaborate to create and fund unique digital collections using a strict cost-recovery pricing model. Read more
  • A group of Winthrop University students led by Economics Associate Professor Laura Ullrich worked on entrepreneurship and a microfinance project during a recent trip to Bolivia and Panama. Ullrich raised nearly $8,000 from grants and donations so that the 12 business students who accompanied her on the trip could award the money to budding entrepreneurs. Bolivia is the poorest country in South America. Read more